Regeneration Vermont recently attended a NOFA field day at the Beidler Family Farm in Randolph, read our new article about the visit here. Originally published in Food Tank Food Tank recently had [...]
Originally published in The Huffington Post, by Carey Gillam The documents raise questions about how and why regulators for years have failed to require robust testing on what is the world’s most [...]
Vermont is the only state that is struggling with industrial ag. North Carolina’s hog industry has been the subject of litigation, investigation, legislation and regulation. But are its health and environmental risks finally getting too much? ... See MoreSee Less
Bill Bader is Missouri’s largest peach grower, supplying produce to retailers throughout the mid-South. But the last two years have found him struggling to save his farm. Thousands of his trees have defoliated limbs and walnut-size peaches not worth the picking, with 30,000 trees irreparably damaged.
The refusal to regulate big ag in Vermont, a state still branded as bucolic, has led to 15 lakes and 86 rivers and streams were deemed as impaired in 2016 by the US EPA. None of Lake Champlain’s 174,175 Vermont acres fully support all designated uses due to the combined effects of mercury contamination, PFOA pollution, nutrient accumulation (nitrogen and phosphorus), and non-native species. To punctuate how widespread the pollution is, according to the EPA, more than 138,900 acres (80%) of the Vermont portion of Lake Champlain were not even swimmable during the summers of 2015 and 2016.
Contamination from the mega-dairies that supply Vermont’s big brands, like Ben & Jerry’s and Cabot Cheese, is nothing new to Vermonters, especially when it comes to the contamination of our waterways. For decades, these iconic brands have garnered enormous profits – each hovering around the $1 billion-a-year level – while pushing a kind of confinement, non-grazing dairy production, resulting in a toxic farm runoff that is literally choking our lakes and streams. Even the beloved Lake Champlain is one of more than 100 other bodies of water in Vermont that are classified as “impaired.” And, in many cases, “impaired” means filled with the green slime that is cyanobacteria, smelling so badly that homes and summer camps have become uninhabitable, and beaches are posted with signs that warn, “no swimming.” Read more: regenerationvermont.org/a-failure-to-regulate-big-dairy-water-pollution-in-vermont/Save Lake Carmi... See MoreSee Less
Here is the entire email, I just received from Hayden Dublois, Executive Assistant in the Office of Governor Phil Scott. This email is in regards to the current status of the pilot aeration system.
Here is what I received from Perry Thomas.
“ANR is supporting the Franklin Watershed Association in securing grant funding for design and installation of a pilot aeration project in the northeastern lobe of the lake. Assuming the Implementation Team can also identify funding for long-term operation and maintenance, then we expect the system to be in place by next summer.”
This is an agenda item for the Carmi TDML Implementation Team at their next meeting on Thursday, September 28th from 5:00 – 6:30 at the Franklin Homestead FELCO Room.
Regeneration Vermont, James Ehlers for Vermont, Lake Champlain International, Dustin Degree, Carolyn Branagan, David Zuckerman,